[per-sis-tuh nt, -zis-]
- persisting, especially in spite of opposition, obstacles, discouragement, etc.; persevering: a most annoyingly persistent young man.
- lasting or enduring tenaciously: the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough.
- constantly repeated; continued: persistent noise.
- continuing or permanent.
- having continuity of phylogenetic characteristics.
- Botany. remaining attached beyond the usual time, as flowers, flower parts, or leaves.
Origin of persistent
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1. indefatigable, pertinacious, tenacious. See stubborn. 3. steady.
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- showing persistence
- incessantly repeated; unrelentingyour persistent questioning
- (of plant parts) remaining attached to the plant after the normal time of witheringa fruit surrounded by a persistent perianth
- (of parts normally present only in young stages) present in the adultpersistent gills in axolotls
- continuing to grow or develop after the normal period of growthpersistent teeth
- (of a chemical, esp when used as an insecticide) slow to break down; not easily degradable
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Word Origin and History for persistent
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